Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement

June 01, 2011 // 12:00pm1:15pm
These are exhilarating times in the Middle East and North Africa. From the Green Movement in Iran to the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and other uprisings in the region, demonstrators are demanding their democratic dignity and the expansion of their rights as citizens. The desegregated nature of these massive demonstrations, in which throngs of women walk shoulder to shoulder with men and face batons and bullets with open hands and life-affirming words, is unprecedented. It is indeed a revolution within revolutions. It is an antidote to Islamic fundamentalism, a turning point in the contemporary history of Islam. These circulating women—visible, voiced, and mobile—are seasoned negotiators of confined spaces, veteran trespassers of walls, closed doors, and iron gates. They are an audacious moderating, modernizing force to be reckoned with. Milani discusses the complex interconnectedness between power, space, and physical mobility in the Islamic world in general and Iran in particular.

USAID/Egypt Health and Population: Legacy Review and the Way Forward

May 23, 2011 // 9:00am10:30am
This event offers a look at a new “Legacy Report” of the long term results of USAID health sector assistance in Egypt. A remarkable history of generous USAID funding, consistent strategic objectives, high level political support, and solid partnerships has resulted in extraordinary health outcomes in Egypt.

Syria and Iran: An Alliance Tested?

May 09, 2011 // 12:00pm1:15pm
The alliance between Syria and Iran has been a prominent and enduring feature on the political landscape of the Middle East since 1979. Goodarzi provides a brief overview and analysis of the origins and development of the Tehran-Damascus nexus and focus on its influence on regional politics, including the recent Arab spring.

Lebanese View of an Arab Changing Landscape

May 05, 2011 // 9:30am10:30am
Fuad Siniora was the Prime Minister of Lebanon during a very critical time including the 2006 war. Former Prime Minister Siniora speaks about the current situation in Lebanon and give his reading of the Arab spring and what that means to the future of Lebanon and the region.

Iran Primer V: U.S. Policy Considerations

April 27, 2011 // 12:00pm1:15pm
This meeting is the fifth in a meeting series on subjects covered in a recently published book, The Iran Primer, edited by USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright. The two panelists provide an overview of U.S. policy considerations regarding Iran as well as offer context and analysis for what lies ahead. They also discuss Iran as a possible new driver for U.S. policy within the context of the recent developments in the region since The Iran Primer was published in December 2010.

A Conversation with Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa

April 19, 2011 // 2:30pm3:30pm
Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa, Minister of Finance, Kingdom of Bahrain

Iraqi Women Leaders in Engineering and Applied Sciences

April 19, 2011 // 10:00am11:30am
May Kassir, Lecturer, University of Technology, Baghdad; Visiting Scholar, University of California-San Diego; Mais Mohammed, Assistant Lecturer, Engineering College, University of Baghdad; Visiting Scholar, Caltech; Rawia Salih, Assistant Lecturer, College of Science, University of Baghdad; Visiting Scholar, Smith College

Saudi Arabia: The Kingdom Strikes Back

April 13, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
David Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center and former Bureau Chief, Washington Post, Cairo

The Political Situation in Lebanon with an Eye on What is Happening in Syria

April 11, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
May Chidiac, Professor, Prominent Lebanese Media and National Figure

Voices from Palestine: Women Leaders Speak on Peace and Security

April 07, 2011 // 1:30pm3:00pm
Cairo Arafat, Government Media Center, Prime Minister's Office; Naila Ayesh, Director, Women's Affairs Training and Research Center; Amal Hadweh, former Program Manager, UN Refugee and Works Agency, West Bank; Enas H. H. Nazal, Financial Planning Department Manager, Strategic Planning Department, Ministry of the Interior, Palestinian National Authority; Moderator: Carla Koppell, Director, The Institute for Inclusive Security



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